Healthy Tips by Jessica Lynn- Epsom Salt
Epsom Salts Baths
Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfates, are commonly used in bath water to relieve muscle soreness and to put one in a relaxing state.
There is really only one true benefit of taking a bath with Epsom salts in the water and that is:
To replenish magnesium that is lost through sweating and other bodily functions.
Magnesium is lost through sweat during exercise, while practicing yoga, or just engaging in everyday activities. It is also lost through urine and taking certain medications can affect the kidneys and how they regulate the excretion of magnesium through the urine. Both of which may lead to a deficiency in magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency can be defined by an irritable, anxious, or hyper state of being and can also cause muscle spasms or twitching.
The main cause of a magnesium deficiency, like most nutrient deficiencies, is due to a lack in our diet, or not eating whole foods in their most natural state. Most people eat a diet filled with processed, boxed foods and are missing the variety of a well balanced, whole foods diet.
Taking an Epsom salts bath and eating legumes, nuts, leafy green vegetables and whole grains could be the ticket to rebalancing those magnesium levels.
Magnesium is absorbed into the skin and into the bloodstream while taking an Epsom salts bath. This will relax muscle spasms, contain hyper activity, and reduce anxiety and irritability. The relaxation that occurs is just an added bonus, and may not even be directly related to the Epsom salts. A bath is, in and of itself, a very relaxing event, with or without any additions to the water.
Some people react negatively to these types of baths (dizziness and nausea).If you are one of those people, try starting out with a tablespoon to ¼ cup of the salt. Your tolerance could be different and you might be able to absorb a cup or more at a time, but if you find that you don’t like it at first, then try using less salt.
If you’ve used less salt and are still experiencing irritation of some sort, then try an Epsom salt foot soak instead. Foot soaks are very relaxing and you still get the benefit of absorbing the magnesium through the skin.
Lastly, warm water might be more effective than hot water. Hot water combined with Epsom salts could put unwanted stress on the body and offset the benefit of absorbing magnesium through the skin. It is said that warm water opens the pores, which would allow the absorption to occur, while hot water would cause you to sweat, thereby blocking the absorption effect. If you prefer a hot bath, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after the bath.
Try it out:
1) Dissolve ¼ cup to 2 cups of Epsom salts in warm water.
2) Soak up all the magnesium goodness for 15 to 20 minutes.
3) Reap the relaxing benefits of the bath itself.
4) Rinse the saltiness off your body.
5) Towel off and moisturize with coconut oil.
After your bath, drink some coconut water which is loaded with potassium and may aid in the absorption of magnesium. Then try some restorative yoga. The heat from the water relaxes muscles, so you might be more flexible than normal, but do be aware of your limits! Then look forward to a good night’s sleep.
Combine Epsom salts baths with yoga, vegetarian Tuesdays, meditation, and you’ll have a recipe for personal, as well as ecological and economical, wellness! Try it everyday or just a couple of times a week.
References and resources:
http://saveyourself.ca/articles/reality-checks/epsom-salts.php (amazingly informative!)